As of October 27, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has moved the City and County of Denver, among other counties, to the more restrictive Safer at Home Dial Level 3. This move is in response to rapidly increasing case incidents, positivity rates, and hospitalizations.
Denver’s tougher face-covering mandate, issued on October 16, 2020, is also still in effect until further notice.
Read the press release, the letter from the state (PDF), the updated Face Covering Order (PDF), and our Safer at home – Level 3 FAQs (PDF).
PERSONAL GATHERINGS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE
Coloradans are not being as cautious in their social interactions, and as a result, our R-naught value is going up.
That’s why last week, the Governor reduced the personal gathering limit to 10 people, with no more than two households. Every “bubble” is only as good as its weakest link, because once COVID is in a household, it spreads to everyone. And like fishing, the wider we cast our social “net” during COVID, the more likely we are to catch or encounter the virus.
Small individual actions — like inviting two friends over to hang out indoors instead of seeing one friend physically distanced outside, or attending multiple small gatherings over one weekend — add up to big public health impacts.
Coloradans need to do a better job of:
- Wearing masks;
- Limiting social interactions to one other person or family, if necessary;
- Washing hands frequently; and
- Physically distancing.
The Governor warned that if we do not course correct now and save our hospital capacity in the process, more Coloradans will die from this virus and other causes — our neighbors, coworkers, friends, family members, or even ourselves.
COLORADO EXPOSURE NOTIFICATIONS
This past Sunday, CDPHE launched the COVID-19 Exposure Notification System. This is a new feature on your phone that notifies you if you may have been exposed to someone contagious with COVID-19. By opting in through your iPhone device settingsor downloading the app
onto your Android device, you can better protect yourself and your family. Through the service:
- Anonymous tokens are shared with other CO Exposure Notifications users using your phone’s bluetooth;
- If another user you’ve been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the service will notify you;
- If you test positive, you can easily and anonymously notify others to stop the spread of COVID-19; and
- Your name, location, IP address, phone number or any other identifying information will not be shared.
Using this service could result in receiving notifications days earlier than you would typically get notified by a contact tracer. The more Coloradans who participate, the better we can contain this virus and slow its spread.